After some success with pens and a few bottle stoppers, I decided a bowl was overdue. I picked up a couple 2×6 rounds last week of curly maple and decided to see what kind of bowl I could fashion from one. I located center and attached the faceplate with some screws. My intention was to cut the bottom of the bowl for the Nova Chuck and shape it as much I could before turning it around and hollowing out the inside. I made the recess and shape the outside curve then sanded it to 600 grit. The boal was shaping up to be absolutely beautiful. I attached the Nova chuck and reversed the piece to hollow it out. as I was hollowing it out with my spindle gouge, I decided to give the new fancy schmancy carbide cutting tool I picked up from Rockler. The tool was on sale and came with a free replacement carbide cutter and since I intended on doing a lot of bowls and vases, I went ahead and bought it. The carbide tool is extremely sharp and does cut well… a little too well. The cutter did not want to cut the wood, it wanted to dig into the wood and pull the cutter into instead of cutting. Rotating the face of the cutter to the surface did not help it actually made matters worse. I then, with sheer stupidity at work, decided I wasn’t spinning the work piece fast enough so I took it up to 1800 RPM and BAM!!! the cutter dug in, grabbed the work piece and sent it flying across the shop. mind you my shot is only 7 feet by 10 feet but you get the picture. Now I’m thinking I will put the carbide cutter away and leave it alone till I better understand how to use it properly and get me a traditional bowl gouge instead. Has anyone else had issues with carbide cutting tools being hard to control or too aggressive?
I am going to try and salvage the bowl since the four screw holes are still there from the face plate and I really only need to fix the very bottom so I can reattach it to the chuck. we’ll see if that’s even possible. If it works… You’ll be seeing it in my project. ;o)
-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?